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Hotel Nobis Hotel 5 star
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Norrmalmstorg 2-4 111 46 Stockholm, Sweden -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Nobis sits somewhere close to the apogee of trendy city accommodation. It is one of those properties which make our job of picking holes in hotels extremely difficult as in terms of things to bash, they have left us with nothing. Centrally-located, it boasts world-class design, faultless service and in Caina, it has one of the finest restaurants in Stockholm. The beautifully appointed rooms are spacious, bright and functional and will delight fans of Scandinavian design, as will the stunning public spaces of the hotel which blew us away. We are certain you too will fall in love with this old meets new property which is perfect for both business and leisure travellers with a sizeable budget.

One of the finest hotels in the Swedish capital, the Nobis excels in all areas.

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    Location 8.12 /10

    Situated on one of downtown Stockholm's main square's, Norrmalmstorg, steps away from some of the major axes of the city, the Nobis has a prime location with so very much on its doorstep. To the north and west you can find heaps of shopping, restaurants and bars, while to the southeast is Berzelii Park and the harbour from where you can catch several boats going to the different islands that make up the Swedish capital. Within just a five minute walk you have a subway station, bus stops and tram stops. Central station will take about 15 minutes to reach by foot while Stockholm Arlanda Airport is roughly 25 miles away.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The 201 guestrooms and suites at the Nobis are divided up into several categories with singles, doubles, studios and suites all available depending on your needs. Every room has either a city view (side street or Norrmalmstorg) or a view onto the hotel's atrium and lounge space. The colour scheme, that of a Scandinavian winter, is present throughout and the furniture and fittings are typical of this part of the world too in their stylishness and functionality. Standard rooms do not have a huge amount of space to move around in but are by no means claustrophobic either. They feature dark hardwood floors and a queen bed wrapped in fine white linens with a soft grey plaid laid at its foot. A leather headboard is topped off by a dark glass panel while either side of the bed are wästberg reading lamps and occasional tables. A telephone is fixed to the wall within arm's reach. A simple yet original writing desk sits against the far wall where you will find a second telephone, a sleek desk touch lamp and a brown leather chair with a cream motif stitched into the back and seat. Above is a flatscreen television on which you can watch some of the films from the hotel's complimentary library. At the entrance to the room is a full length mirror as well as a closet which contains the minibar and snack tray, bathrobes and a safe. The Carrara marble bathrooms are as smart as the guestrooms and are fitted with vanities designed by the Italian Matteo Thun which have a cut porcelain dish over the wash basin (more aesthetic than practical) and large walk-in monsoon shower. There are two large mirrors on the wall and hanging on the rack are personalised Nobis towels. Toiletries come from Rituals.

    If you require a little more space then you can opt for either a superior or deluxe room (atrium and city view respectively) which are similar to the standards but have a seating area within the bedroom. Both the one-room suites and the corner suites offer yet more living space and their bathrooms boast both a walk-in monsoon shower and a deep soaking tub. The panorama suite benefits not only from a large surface area, but also from some great city view and VIP entry to the Café Opera night club.

    The pièce de résistance, however, is the stunning Nobis suite. Spread over two rooms, the bedroom has the original wood panelling from the 1800s while the extensive salon can boast the original stucco. A fine example of how it is possible to marry the old with the contemporary, the bedroom has a modern version of a four-poster bed with a 3D effect rug, beautiful furniture pieces and several modish floor lamps. The living room, in contrast, is bright and airy and is made up of a central eating area with a long leather couch with a series of coloured cushions, two large easy chairs and a glass coffee table as well as a dining table for four and a potted tree. If your budget stretches this far then we urge you to book this room!

    Overview 9.20 /10

    Sitting on the east side of the square named Norrmalmstorg, the building housing the Nobis is split into two. Guests enter the hotel by slipping through the two halves of the outdoor terrace and climbing a few stairs up into the lobby. Unfolding in all its marvel to the right-hand side, it is relatively small but perfectly formed. Leading up to the reception desk at the far end are a series of globe-like lampshades suspended from the ceiling, while at the floor-to-ceiling window giving on to the square is a long couch each section of which upholstered in a leather of a different texture. In front are a several low coffee tables, the tops of which are marble with the feet in wood and each has their own little exquisite flower arrangement. The mirror-fronted welcome desk is seems somehow to be framed and has a curtain serving as a backdrop which gives a distinct theatrical feeling about check-in. The impossibly attractive staff members behind the desk are hugely professional and utterly delightful and are more than happy to see to any of your needs. You will notice that quite a high percentage of the guests milling around in the lobby are also rather pleasing on the eye and/or well-heeled. All of the hotel's eating and drinking outlets are situated just off the lobby (see 'Food and Drink').

    Arguably the jewel in the hotel's crown it its lounge area at the heart of the building. Topped by a pair of glass domes rising from a ceiling painted with what could only be described as a pixelated camouflage motif, the interior of the tall space recalls a fairytale castle with its towers and balconies. Hanging down from between the domes is a missile-shaped light fitting which brings the eyes down back to the marble ground where an orgy of designer furniture sits effortlessly in the showroom-like lounge. There are seating pieces from the likes of Tacchini and Jonas Ihreborn while wästberg provides some of the idiosyncratically Swedish lamps. On the outer edges of the room are various taller lampstands, each one with a very particular shade while back in amongst the seating areas are a collection of design objects such as a flat-faced bull dog sculpture, a model warship, a globe and vases. Also there is a display cabinet with examples of work from local designers. Small pots of flowers and plants dotted around complete the masterpiece.

    And the artistry continues elsewhere in the hotel with the slick corridors with their tan and brown check carpet, although they could turn up the lighting a little. Make sure you check out the fantastic marble stairwells and the grand wooden doors on each landing through which you can access the guestroom floors.

    For those wishing to continue their fitness regime while away, there is a top-of-the-range gym on site with a range of machines for both a cardio and muscular workout. There is also, of course, a sauna and marble steam room with locker rooms and showers.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The restaurants and bars at the Nobis, as well as at the group's other properties, is headed up by Stefano Catenacci, whose family have been in the restaurant business for years. Although of Roman and Neapolitan extraction, his outfits serve food from all Italian regions and it is kept rustic yet refined. Stefano is extremely fussy when it comes to ingredients and cuts no corners - if he cannot find precisely what he wants to be on the menu well then it will not be there! No substitutes accepted!

    The Bistro is the hotels café style eatery, situated just off the lobby and with a separate street entrance and summer terrace. Modelled on a typical Italian café where punters would come for a caffè at the bar in the morning and for a quick snack at lunchtime, it serves an organic continental breakfast buffet each morning together with a few hot options. From the late morning onwards it turns into what it does best, serving stuzzichini, or appetisers, panini and a few more hearty dishes such as seared salmon, fried chicken breast and tenderised cold cut fillet of beef. There is also a selection of cheeses and typical desserts, including tiramisú.

    Nobis is lucky enough to have a world-class cocktail bar in The Gold Bar. With its gold-tinted wall and ceiling mirrors, golden tables and otherwise quite bling, yet very much classy, décor it is a glamourous setting in which to enjoy some of the best cocktails in the country. Headed up by the experienced Robert Radovic, the bar has received many accolades, as have it staff.

    Guests can also order food and drink in the lounge area described above in 'Hotel Overview' throughout the day.

    But it is Caina, the hotel's Italian restaurant which is arguably the main pull in terms of food.

    To know

    Part of the Nobis group of hotels, which includes Hotel J and Skeppsholmen as well as three other properties, restaurant, clubs and a yacht, the Nobis is housed in a building in which 40 years ago occurred something quite remarkable. It used to be a branch of the Swedish bank Kreditbanken and was the scene of a famous hold-up in 1973. A number of bank employees were held hostage in the bank's vault for six days, however, by the end of the ordeal the detainees had developed a bond with the captors and ended up defending them. This phenomenon became known as Stockholm syndrome and is applied to other similar cases. The building became a law office for a brief period before the hotel opened up in December of 2010. Many of the original features of the building can be seen both in the public spaces and the individual guestrooms. Nobis is part of Design Hotels.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access

      (3 rooms adapted for those in a wheelchair)

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed

      (dedicated rooms for pets)

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Design/décor
    • Central location
    • Excellent service
    • Caina Italian restaurant
    • Public spaces

    disadvantages

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